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AHIP Releases Individual Market Guarantee Access Proposal, Announces Support for Third Party Review of Rescission Decisions
Date:12/19/2007

Ignagni: "This initiative is a fundamental repositioning."

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One year ago America's Health Insurance Plans' (AHIP) Board of Directors advanced a proposal to provide universal coverage. Today, the Board released a proposal to guarantee access to health care coverage in the individual market and announced support for third party review of rescission decisions and their commitment to limiting pre-existing condition exclusions.

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"We are committed to working with legislators and other stakeholders to identify policy solutions to the health care challenges facing our nation," said George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and Chairman of AHIP's Board of Directors.

The individual health insurance market continues to be the center of various reform proposals to expand access to health care coverage. Continuing on its mission to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care in America, in June the AHIP Board established an Individual Market Task Force to examine this issue and put forth both policy and operational recommendations.

The result is a three-part proposal that includes a plan to guarantee access to health care coverage to all Americans, new initiatives to give consumers peace of mind about individual health care coverage, and steps states need to take if they are considering a requirement for universal participation.

"Health plans from across the country came together to address the unique challenges facing the individual health insurance market. We believe that plans and the states, working together, can guarantee access to affordable insurance for everyone in the individual market," said Jay Gellert, President and CEO of Health Net, Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Individual Market Ta
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